Puer is always regarded as one of the important destinations in the classical Yunnan Travel. What's more, Puer Dining is as beautiful as the sceneries here. Especially, the dishes historically cooked by the ethnic minority people, should not be missed when you come to Puer. To some extent, Puer is a melting-pot for many different cultures. Therefore, when you come to Puer, you can eat the food from around Yunnan Province and other Chinese dishes. Whether in the small stalls, or in a small restaurant with a strong ethnic style, you can taste a lots of different and delicious food in Puer.
What to Eat in Puer
Puer is located in the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau and rich in various food materials which play an important role in Puer dining. People of Hani, Yi, Lahu, Wa and Dai are inclined to sour and spicy flavor. There are some specialties with reasonable price.
Must-eat Dishes in Puer
The chicken Tofu has been a traditional famous dish on wedding party for more than one hundred years. The ingredient of the chicken tofu is chicken and eggs. Because it looks like fresh pig brains and tastes soft and sweet like tofu, both the young and the old like the nutritious food.
Cold Sour Ant Eggs(凉拌酸蚂蚁)
When summer comes, people in Dai villages of Menglian County would enjoy the cold sour-ant eggs in sauce, which is full of protein and has the function of strengthening the digestive organ, keeping off the hot, eliminating disease. The ant eggs belong to the kingd of thin and yellow ant in tropical forests among whose adult ones are with dense sour smell. These ants usually build some round nest in the jungle or tree crotch, which are the birth places of white and soybean –shaped ant eggs, the smallest and most fragrant egg in the world. It becomes the first class food for visitors for its rich protein and good taste.
It is a popular food in Simao area which is sour, hot and fresh. It is cooked as follows: scale the fish and take out the inside organs first and then fry the sour bamboo-shoot cooked before put into the water. After the water boiling, we could put the fish into it together with the condiments like scallion, ginger, pepper, Chinese prickly ash and monosodium glutamate, etc.
The burned pig is a local famous dish of the Yi people in Jingdong County. It is said that this barbecue has been cooked for more than 500 years. The burned pigs are crispy and delicious. People in Puer are fond of barbecue and the burned pig is a representative dish in Puer Barbecue.
Chicken Rice of Wa Ethic Group(佤族鸡肉烂饭)
The chicken rice, being delicate, sour-hot and good for stomach, is pretty good dish for guests. The cooking method is: jab the cock died with bamboo sticks then burn its feather and pull out the root. After taking out the inside organs, we will chop it into pieces and put it into pot with cold water. When the water is boiling, we should put in rice and some condiments like sour bamboo shoot, ginger, sesame, pepper, Chinese prickly ash, wood pulp, lemon grass salt, opium, perilla seed and stir continually till it becomes the gruel. Tourists would taste it in the Wa ethic restaurant of local custom scenery spot.
Niusapie of Dai Minority(傣族牛撒撇)
Niusapie, specially cooked, is a well-known dish for guests when festivals or weddings are celebrated around Dai Minority. They cook the dish with the local cattle, whose back-beef is burnt yellow, cut into filiform, mixed and stirred with cooked tripes, ginger, garlic, pepper, peanut pieces and other perfume and condiments, added by boiled and filtered ox-sausage water or bile. Then it will be a busy time for your mouth and stomach. It is not only some kind of soft, tasteful, fragrant, colorful food, but also a medicine which invigorates the stomach, reduces hot, and whets one's appetite.
Must-eat Snacks in Puer
Ba Ba Food
Water nut-shaped Ba Ba, thin and soft, not greasy, is a popular food in Jingdong, Zhenyuan, Jinggu, Mojiang and Simao area, which are usually used for entertaining the guests.
The fried food is called "Ma Cui" in local language in Mojiang area. As a kind of special Spring Festival food, Ma Cui is usually made in the shape of flowers, birds, fish or some other small animals with powder and then fried. Thus come into being the crispy and flacky, fragrant and sweet, glutinous but not greasy "Ma Cui" food which is considered both as delicious glutinous rice food and folk handcraft to relatives and friends during Spring Festival.
Fried Er Kuai(炒饵块)
Er Kuai is a local folk snack in Yunnan. It is made of boiled rice and pressed into blocks, usually in the form of round pancakes. The taste is similar to that of rice cake in the north. Er Kuai is usually baked on charcoal fire, and then coated with sauce and vegetable stuffing. The fragrance of rice is matched with the flavor of sauce, which is a delicious food favored by local people.
Glutinous Rice Sausage(糯米肠)
Puer Rice Sausage is a kind of special flavor food. Cook the steamed rice or glutinous rice, and mix it with small shrimps various spices, and then poured into the washed pork intestine. Finally, fry it. The delicious Puer Rice Sausage is produced. Processing and manufacturing rice sausage has become traditional habit of people who are living in Puer.
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Where to Eat in Puer
- Zhenwei Yi Restaurant(真味彝家)
Add: No. 22 Yedu Road, Cuiyun District, Simao District, Puer City(普洱市翠云区夜都路22号)
- Pot Chicken Restaurant(石锅鸡)
Add: No. 56-58 Mingli Alley, Simao District, Puer City(普洱市思茅区明礼巷56-58号)
- Lvcaodun Restauratn(绿草墩饭店)
Add: Northeast 100 meters of the Interjection of Gongshun Street and Pedestrian Street(恭顺街与步行街交叉口东北100米)
- Jinqiao Huayuan Restaurant(金桥花园)
Add: North 100 meters of the Interjection of Zhenxing Avenue and Shilong Road(普洱市思茅区振兴大道与石龙路交叉口北100米)
- Wa Tribe(佤族部落)
Add: Longtan Road, Ximeng County, Puer City, Yunnan Province(云南省普洱市西盟县龙潭路)
- Yinhe Restaurant(银合饭店)
Add: North of West 200 meters of Pingan Car Dealer, Enshui Road(恩水路平安车行西200米路北)
Barbecue in Puer
Add: Chacheng Avenue, Puer City(普洱市茶城大道)
- Pengyouquan Barbecue Store(朋友圈烧烤店)
Add: Back of Guanbo Sansuo, Simao District, Puer City(普洱市思茅区关坡三所背后)
- Menghai Ayan Barbecue(勐海阿燕烧烤)
Add: No. 3 Shop, Qingyi Community, Wenhua Road (文华路清怡小区3号门面)
- Sanhe Barbecue(三和烧烤)
Add: Northeast 50 meters of the Interjection of Ninger Avenue and Baiyun Road, Simao District(思茅区宁洱大道与白云路交叉口东北50米)
- Mojiang Mazhang Eel Barbecue Store(墨江马掌黄鳝烧烤店)
Add: Dianda Road, Yingchun Alley, Simao District, Puer City(普洱市思茅区迎春巷电大路)
- Hongyuanlou Hui Restaurant(红源楼回族食馆)
Add: No. 2 Yushui Road, Simao District, Puer City, Yunnan Province(云南省普洱市思茅区鱼水路2)
- Muslim Snack(穆斯林小吃)
Add: No. 10 Wuyi Road, Puer City(普洱市五一路10号)
- Pojiao Hui Restaurant(坡脚回族饭店)
Add: No. 565 Jianshe Road(建设路565号)
- Dali Muslim Restaurant(大理清真馆)
Add: No. 88 Zhenxing Avenue, Simao District, Puer City, Yunnan Province(云南省普洱市思茅区振兴大道88号)
- Muslim Restaurant(穆斯林饭店)
Add: No. 16 Ninger Avenue(宁洱大道16号)
- Dali Lao Yang Muslim Restaurant(大理老杨清真馆)
Add: No. 34 Yushui Road(鱼水路34号)
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Regional Dining in Puer
- Ximeng County Dining
- Simao District Dining
- Ninger County Dining
- Mojiang County Dining
- Jingdong County Dining
- Jinggu County Dining
- Zhenyuan County Dining
- Lancang County Dining
- Menglian County Dining
- Jiangcheng County Dining
- Jingmai Dining